On-Demand Expansion of eBusiness Services to the Cloud

The project will help eBusiness service providers to react faster and more economically to changing demands on their IT services. The goal is to develop automated techniques to utilize off-site computing resources that are offered on the Internet (so-called cloud computing resources), whenever there is a particularly high demand on the company internal computing infrastructure. The cloud computing resources can be used to temporarily augment the internal infrastructure. This approach of using "virtual" resources has significant benefits over the traditional way of upgrading the internal infrastructure with additional computing resources. It is more economical, because companies use a "pay as you go" approach to scaling up their service infrastructure rather than having to invest in additional hardware installations. Moreover, companies can react much faster to increasing (and decreasing) service demands using virtual service infrastructure. This approach also has environmental benefits because virtual server infrastructures may be located in places with clean, renewable energy (e.g. solar power).

Faculty Supervisor:

Dr. Jens Weber


Hristo (Chris) Penev


Rudy X. Desjardins


Computer science


Information and communications technologies


University of Victoria



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